A post at Critter News Blog from a few days ago noted that the Animal Legal Defense Fund recently released its 2008 report ranking states as to the strength of animal protection laws on the books. The best five states were California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, and Oregon. The worst five were Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota. Florida finished in the middle of the pack with eighteen other states and the District of Columbia. You can read more about the report and the results at the ALDF website. A copy of the report is available here as a pdf download.